Understanding Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating

A larger number of people die from eating disorders than from any other psychiatric condition. Eating disorders are critical mental health disorders with life-threatening physical and psychological complications.

The impacts of malnutrition, and different consequences of behaviors related with eating disorders, can prompt serious organ damage and sudden death. What’s more, half of all deaths associated with eating disorders are from suicide. In the event that you have an eating disorder, it’s essential to recognize the seriousness of your condition. You should look for professional help, ideally from somebody who is a specialist in helping people with eating disorders. More people die from eating disorders than from any other category of psychiatric conditions.

Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are disturbances in your association with food that are severe enough to cause issues with your health or your social relationships.

Some common eating disorders include:

Anorexia nervosa: This condition is characterized by serious restriction of food, regardless of the possibility that you’re dangerously underweight. On the off chance that you have anorexia nervosa, you may deny that an issue exists, regardless of the possibility that people tell you how underweight you are. You may attach your self-esteem to being slim and be scared of putting on weight. Many individuals with anorexia nervosa have a distorted body image. They believe they’re fat despite the fact that they’re underweight. The median age of onset for anorexia nervosa is 18, and it’s more typical in girls and women than in boys and men.

Bulimia nervosa: This eating disorder is characterized by episodes of bengeing (eating a lot in a short amount of time) and then practicing some sort of behavior to make up for the binge, such as vomiting or utilizing laxatives. Amid a blinge episode, you may feel unable to stop eating or control what you’re eating. Individuals with bulimia nervosa may endeavor to compensate for the blinge behavior by vomiting; abusing laxatives, diuretics, or enemas; fasting; or exercising excessively. The median age of onset  for bulimia nervosa is 18 years old, and it’s additionally more typical in females than in males.

Binge eating disorder: This disorder is like bulimia in that large amounts of food are eaten at once, but not purging (making yourself vomit or abusing laxatives, diuretic drugs, or enemas) or performing any other compensating behavior. In the event that you have binge eating disorder, you might be overweight or obese. You might be at a higher risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, and high BP. Binges are more probable if you are depressed, experiencing difficulty copying with difficult emotions, or depriving yourself of food, (such as dieting). Individuals with binge eating disorder were frequently overweight before their eating disorder began. People with binge eating disorder are more vulnerable than the general public to feel disconnected from their communities.

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